Online Resources

Databases (Listed Alphabetically)

Academic OneFile

Search abstracts and some full-text articles from journals and references sources. Includes arts, business, education, general reference, health, law, literature, medicine, sciences, social sciences, technology, and other subjects.


Search for census, voter, immigration, marriage and birth records ....and much more. This database is not available outside the library.

AtoZ Databases

The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business & executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

Business Insights: Essentials

Includes company profiles, industry reports and financial reports, as well as business magazines and newspapers.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

Database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments.

Classic Comics

Offers over 850 comic books from the "Golden Age of Comics" (1930s-1950).


A "one-stop-shopping" site for Rochester health information.

Consumer Reports

Find product ratings and reviews, in-depth advice, tips and trends, and recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.

DHS 101

Monroe County Department of Human Services: The information provided in this booklet addresses the most common issues encountered by
community Case Managers.

Driver Education Program

New York DMV explained! Get free instant access to free NY DMV practice tests (car, motorcycle and CDL), handbooks, tips and tricks, and more!


A freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment.

EBSCO Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)

This database provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management, and more.

EBSCO Teacher Reference Center (TRC)

This database provides coverage on key education topics such as: assessment, continuing education, current pedagogical research, curriculum development, instructional media, language arts, literacy standards, science & mathematics, and more for K-12 teachers and librarians.

eLibrary Elementary

Contains over 140 magazines and books for elementary students. Also includes the American Heritage Dictionary.

Gale Custom Newspapers (New York State Newspapers)

Eight full-text newspapers for New York State (from Buffalo, New York City and Syracuse)

Gale Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online

Provides more than 16,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres.

Gale Directory of Early Stage Investment

Covers several types of early stage investors including: venture capitalists, business incubators, angel investors and angel groups, corporate investment divisions, crowd-funding and co-operative groups.

Gale Literary Criticism Online

The largest, most extensive compilation of literary commentary available. 10,000 hard-to-find essays at your fingertips.

Gale Something About the Author Online

Examine the lives and works of authors and illustrators.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Full text digital reference books on a variety of topics. Including: biography, business, environment, history, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, our nation and the world, religion, science and social issues.

Gannett Newsstand

Contains over 85 Gannett newspapers dating back to the 90’s. Including: the Ithaca Journal, Poughkeepsie Journal, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Journal News (White Plains), Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton) and Star-Gazette (Elmira).

General OneFile

This database contains abstracts and some full text news and periodical articles on: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many more.

Global Road Warrior

From travel planning to school work, Global Road Warrior connects you with information about countries around the world. Explore hotels, customs, history, business culture, maps and even recipes!

Green Technology

Explore industry trends analysis, market data and competitive intelligence; market forecasts and industry statistics; as well as in-depth profiles of hundreds of leading companies.

Grolier Online

Includes Encyclopedia Americana, The New Book of Knowledge, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, Amazing Animals of the World, The New Book of Popular Science, America the Beautiful, and Lands and Peoples

Health Reference Center Academic

Full-text and abstracts of medical, nursing and allied health journals, plus a wide variety of consumer health sources.


A powerful and popular genealogical resource that includes the Federal Census, over 25,000 family and local histories, bank and military records, and genealogical and local history resources.

Indie New York

A digital ebook collection of works from local authors. Mysteries, romances, memoirs, local histories, children's books and more.

InfoTrac Newstand

More than 1,000 newspapers worldwide from 1980 to the present. Search fields by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields.

Kids Infobits

Curriculum-related, age appropriate, full-text content from elementary reference sources and magazines. The database covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Library Catalog

Search the Monroe County Library System collection for books, music, movies, and more.

Mental Health - Finding Your Way Guide

This guide is intended to assist consumers of behavioral health services, their families and professionals in finding and accessing appropriate mental health services in Monroe and Livingston Counties.

Novelist Plus

Use a favorite fiction author or title as a template to locate other authors and titles of interest. Browse theme-oriented book lists, look for outstanding titles in Best Fiction, find out more about books and authors through Feature Articles, Book Discussion Guides, and BookTalks.

Opposing Viewpoints

Contains a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints. Includes a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more.


You can learn 80 languages in any of 50 languages with Pronunciator. That’s 4,000 possible course combinations!

Rochester History

A journal that covers the history of Rochester and western New York. All articles are available online from 1939 to the present.

Rochester Images

Contains over 22,000 historical and contemporary images from Rochester and Monroe County.

Self-e Submission Platform

Your library has made the SELF-e submission platform freely available to its patrons and local writing community. By submitting your indie-published book here, you can share your ebook(s) with patrons of your local library and libraries throughout your state or region.

Shelters and Meals Guide

Where to go for: Hot Meals, Clothing for Men, Women and Children, Shelter, Services, Senior Centers and Meal Programs

Virtual Reference Desk

The Virtual Reference Desk is a collection of web resources compiled and maintained by staff of the Monroe County Library System.

World eBook

Access to World Book's non-fiction sets. Includes highly illustrated, engaging titles that support a span of curriculum areas and reading levels.

WorldCat via OCLC FirstSearch

OCLC catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.